tatemave tatəmaβə strong noun
(?) ‘mother’ + mave
‘heavy > respectable’
📘 Counterpart terms are: r̄oqogë ‘daughter-in-law’, qiyige ‘son-in-law’.
tawuluk tawulʉk strong noun
1 – aunt: paternal aunt (FZ)
2 – aunt: wife of maternal uncle (MBW)
3 – hencemother-in-law: mother of o.'s spouse, when marrying o.'s cross-cousin
📘 If one marries their cross-cousin, the person they used to call “auntie” (tawuluk) is now preferably called “mother-in-law” (tatemave).
4 – rareniece: daughter of brother (fBD), daughter of husband's sister (fHZD)
📘 A more common usage is to call that person your “daughter” or “child” (megoye, keko). She can call her aunt tawuluk (“aunt”) or simply teta (“mother”).
teqay təkʷaj noun
Ne teqay in, ne vegevage te n̄wute pene tom “ne peyë”.That grouper is called in our language “ne peyë”.
enclosure, restricted space meant to be kept off aliens, esp. non-initiates
teqö toq noun
sacred enclosurethe area, gener. hidden in the bush, where initiation rituals take place
teqtoq təkʷtɔkʷ adverb
(act) in a pious way, in adequacy with constraints associated with initiation rituals
vën teqtoq verb, intransitive
mango piousenter a period of ritual restrictions on food and sexual relations, during the process of initiation
Sise vën teqtoq, sise veyvoy: sise tat gon ne pēgone; sise tat vën yeqyōq mi tun̄wuyegë. Ike mas yöy teqtoq voy-kön̄ voy-kön̄ voy-kön̄.As [initiates] become pious, they must enter a mode of avoidance. They aren't allowed to eat anything from the sea; and they cannot go around with women. You must live piously like that, every single day.
toge teqtoq verb, intransitive
manstay piousbe in such a period
toq tɔkʷ adjective
POc *taᵐbʷu*taᵐbuunapproachable, off limits
1 – stgendowed with special status inducing awe and respect: sacred
2 – hencesacred, holy
Mama te r̄ēne, ne ya në toq.Our father in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
gengon toq noun
holy foodaltar bread, host
ne oye-vë-gengon-toq[the consumption of holy bread] the Eucharist
3 – placeunapproachable, off limits, typic. due to being haunted by ghosts (temët)
n̄wute toq noun
taboo placelocations on the island known to be haunted by ghosts and spirits (temët), and to which visits are advised against
4 – topictaboo, not meant to be mentioned in public
Ne voygë pe nëne nëgë toq, tite tat vegevage vitikëyë ie n̄wute pe tuqun̄-kë ve toge ie mi tun̄wuyegë.Subjects like that are a bit taboo: you can't just mention it randomly when kids or women are around.
5 – s.o.endowed with supernatural powers (cf. mane)
tayö toq noun
sacred persona man endowed with supernatural, magic powers, hence worthy of higher status in the grade-taking system (suqe)
Sise kar̄’ ike r̄ē tuye tom n̄wë tom ike on r̄ōw wr̄og, ike ne tayö toq.They'll shoot arrows at you [as you stand] on the stone pedestal; if you survive, this means you're a magic man.
6 – s.th., locationof restricted access, due to its association with initiation rituals or grade-taking ceremonies
Tekn̄wa pe sise ve suqe piti, sise tan̄wöy on r̄ak ne temët yö teqö toq.Only those who have gone through initiation are entitled to handle spirits in the sacred enclosure.
vönyö toq noun
sacred landarea in a village that was restricted to initiated men, and forbidden to non-initiates
Ne qor̄ ve toge takē vönyö toq. Takē vönyö toq pe takē n̄wute pe ne gemoy vē ēn eye.Stone mausoleums [for high chiefs] are erected on sacred land. We call ‘sacred land’ the area around the house of initiated men (gemoy).